Dog bite by off duty Sheriff Canine
Area of Law: Personal Injury
State Filed: California
Settlement: Trial Verdict
In this case, the client was visiting his niece who lived next door to a County Sheriff, who was in a canine unit. They were off duty at home, with the canine. As the client exited his car, he was attacked and bitten by a dog. The off duty sheriff swore under penalty of perjury that his off duty canine was locked up in his patrol vehicle. There was circumstantial evidence that it was the off duty canine that bit the client. The defendant County refused to offer any money. The case went to trial, and the jury found for the client, and against the County. They concluded that it was the off duty canine, and therefore the County, who owned the dog, was responsible for the injuries.